Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti escapes touchline ban following red card vs Man Utd
Carlo Ancelotti will not face a touchline ban after being sent-off following his dispute with the referee Chris Kavanagh on Sunday.
The Italian will instead accept an £8,000 fine after questioning why Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late strike was disallowed for offside – it means he will be in the dugout when Everton visit Chelsea this weekend.
The forward's strike took a deflection and required Gylfi Sigurdsson to move his legs to sneak past David de Gea.
But the Manchester United players protest and the goal was ruled out, much to Ancelotti's frustration as the game ended 1-1.
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Ancelotti had said it would've been "disappointing" had he been forced to miss his return to Stamford Bridge but did struggle to understand the decision having approached the official.
He said: "There was no explanation [from the referee]. I asked for one. After the game there was a misunderstanding on the pitch, he sent me off, after that I spoke with him calmly.
"I want to keep this conversation private, now he's doing a report to the Football Association and we will see.
"For sure I didn't disrespect him, but I can understand also at the end of the game, there is a lot of pressure and excitement, a lot of important decisions but I didn't disrespect him.
"I honesty think it was a difficult decision. They checked the position of Gylfi, who was offside, but in our opinion it didn't affect the vision of the goalkeeper."
But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt that the referees came to the right decision and said: "David told me he gets distracted because Gylfi Sigurdsson is there."
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